This is a food-related thread whose purpose is to inspire the 140-pound bean stalk who wants to “get swole” but faces the usual obstacles: he can’t cook; his mother only feeds him pop-tarts; he doesn’t have much time or money; he can imagine eating big but it’s “hard”, boohoohoo.
Let’s share some of the recipes, techniques, and insights that can help even the cheapest and most inept little slobs go from twig to big. Let’s destroy the myth that proper nutrition has to be complicated and expensive.
I’ll start with something simple that I make almost every day.
1 Bag “Boil-in-Bag” Brown Rice (takes 5 minutes to cook, requires no measuring or attention)
1 Can Black Beans (I rinse all the slimy black juice off in a strainer)
2 Cans Tuna (buy the cheap smelly stuff, just drain all the liquid out and it’ll be better)
Assorted Frozen Veggies (I don’t recommend the mixes)
Find a pot big enough to hold all your ingredients. Boil the rice and remove. Boil the vegetables briefly (frozen veg needs very little cooking time). Strain the veggies into the strainer that your beans should still be in. Put the empty pot on the stove and pour in as much olive oil as you want. Fry the brown rice in the oil and add the tuna. At this point you can add dry seasonings like curry powder, chili powder, etc. Add the veggies and beans, stir it all up, and behold a pot full of wonderfully healthful food, made in less than 10 minutes. At this point you can add liquid seasonings like soy sauce, tabasco, etc.
This meal amounts to over 2000 calories and over 100 grams of protein. The great thing about a preparation like this is that you can make it in the morning, throw it in the fridge, and keep coming back for another bowlful any time you feel up to it. Just scoop some into a hot pan and stir-fry it till hot.
You don’t have to be making chicken cacciatore, 8-bean chili, or gorgonzola stuffed tenderloin to gain muscle. You don’t have to cook huge and elaborate meals every two hours. You don’t have to chart out weekly nutrition plans. You need to “eat fuckin’ tons and lift heavy shit”, as Eugen Sandow once said.